“Doctors become doctors because they want to take care of patients. … In practice, though, many of their challenges relate to the operations of medicine—managing a growing number of patients, coordinating care across multiple providers, and documenting it all.” — Rena Xu, The Atlantic

Increasingly, Doctors are spending more time charting and less time with patients. A study published in Family Medicine in 2018 found that while an average patient visit had around 16 minutes of face-to-face patient time, it was accompanied with 19 minutes of charting, documenting and administration.  An Annals of Internal Medicine study tells an even worse tale: for every hour spent “doctoring”, two hours are spent on EHR or at the desk.

This trend does not seem to be changing anytime soon. Regulations over the last ten years have only added to the depth of documentation required for each patient encounter. The expansion of value-based care payment models will only increase documentation requirements as more information is needed for payors to determine reimbursement.

Well designed healthcare software is the largest way to increase charting efficiency and patient time while staying regulatory compliant. When health software first started to be mandated by payors, much of the software focused on providing the most encompassing documentation system possible. This led to doctors having to fill out large template with lots of boxes to read over and click.

Modern healthcare software has increasingly shifted from this one-size-fits-all approach to using smart templating, machine learning and concept processing to provide streamlined workflows that significantly reduce the amount of time doctors must spend on repetitive tasks. In addition to large EMR systems, service specific software has begun to be developed to further increases office efficiency in niche areas. Many of these software platforms then integrate back to the practice EMR, allowing data to flow between them.

It is in that spirit that we have developed the Prevounce Portal, and we are proud to be a part of the current resurgence of physician-first health software. The more the health software industry can reduce the administrative burden, the more that doctors can do what they do best – provide good medical care for their patients.